PLATTSBURGH — The city's on the hunt for another Downtown Grant Program recipient, but there are some added stipulations this time around.
The North Country Food Co-Op had received two of those 10 awards to help fund a downtown shared commercial kitchen space and food incubator.
Last fall, though, the Bridge Street shop had to turn away from the funds, leaving a combined $90,000 up for grabs.
The city is now looking for that replacement, and, per a recent City of Plattsburgh news release, the awardee will be required to have a similar initiative to the Food Co-Op's original project.
When New York state assigned the $10 million Downtown Revitalization Initiative funds to various City of Plattsburgh projects, $1 million went towards the Downtown Grant Program in order to support upper-floor residential and commercial/hotel developments, facade improvements, retail-space redevelopment and small businesses.
Those projects were to be funded via the state agency Homes and Community Renewal.
In June, city Community Development Director Matthew Miller said the $1 million grant fund had been split by nine properties and, at the time, the projects had been in varying phases of development.
It was then that Miller announced that the Food Co-Op had pulled out of the grant program, citing financing issues.
The other $900,000-plus Grant Program awards were spread throughout the city's downtown core and fell somewhere between $70,000 and $100,000 each.
According to the city release, it was in communication with Homes and Community Renewal that the program's requirements had been shifted for its next round of applicants.
"With this re-allocation of funding, adjustments were made to the Downtown Grant Program's guidelines to help facilitate new projects that have goals similar to those projects previously being pursued by the Co-Op," the release says.
Those qualifications include improving city resident access to food, while also creating a downtown destination to attract visitors.
"Project applications that do not meet both of these requirements will not be considered for funding," the release says.
The grant applications are due by Friday, Oct. 25. at 4 p.m.
Hard copies can be found in the city's Community Development Office in City Hall or there is an online version at http://www.cityofplattsburgh.com/Bids.aspx.
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